Abbreviations of Plastics


The following list gives the abbreviated & full names of a wide range of plastics in common & uncommon use in industry today.

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The following list gives the abbreviated & full names of a wide range of plastics in common & uncommon use in industry today.

Abbreviation Polymer
ABS acrylonitrile -butadiene-styrene
ASA acrylate-styrene-acrylonitrile
ATH aluminium trihydrate
BDS butadiene-styrene block copolymer
BMC bulk moulding compound
BOPP biaxially oriented polypropylene
BR butadiene rubber
CA cellulose acetate
CAB cellulose acetate-butyrate
CAP celluse acetate propionate
CE cellulose
CMC carboxymethyl celluse
CN cellulose nitrate
CP cellulose propionate
CSM chopped strand mat (or) chlorosulphonated polyethylene (rubber)
DMC dough moulding compound
ECTFE ethylene chlorotrifluoro ethylene copolymer
EPDM ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (elastomer)
EPM ethylene-propylene rubber = EPR
EPR ethylene-propylene rubber = EPM
EPS expanded polystyrene
EVA ethylene vinyl acetate
EVOH ethylene vinyle achol
FEP fluorinated ethylene-propylene
FRP fibre reinforced polyester/plastics
GMT glass mat thermoplastic
GPPS general purpose polystyrene
GRP glass reinforced plastic
HDPE high density polyethylene
HEMA hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer
HIPS high impact polystyrene = TPS
LCP liquid crystal polymer = SRP
LDPE low density polyethylene
LLDPE linear low density polyethylene
MDS methacrylate-butadiene-styrene terpolymer
MDPE medium density polyethylene
MF melamine formaldehyde
NBR nitrile rubber = acrylonitrile butadiene rubber
NR natural rubber
OPP oriented polypropylene
PA polyamide = nylon
PA 11 nylon 11
PA 12 nylon 12
PA 46 nylon 46
PA 6 nylon 6
PA 610 nylon 610
PA 66 nylon 66
PAA polaryl amide
PAI polyamide imide
PAN polyacrylonitrile
PB polybutylene
PBT polybutylene terephthalate = PTMT
PC polycarbonate
PE polyethylene
PE VCM vinyl chloride monomer = VC
PEBA polyether block amide
PEEK polyetheretherketone
PEEL polyester elastomer
PEI polyester imide
PEK polyetherketone
PES polyether sulphone
PETG PET copolymer
PETP polyethylene terephthalate
PF phenol formaldehyde
PFA perfluoro alkoxyl alkane
PHB polyhydroxybutyrate
PI polyimide
PIR polyisocyanurate rigid (foam)
PMMA polymethyl methacrylate
PMP polymethyl pentene
POM polyoxymethylene
PP polypropylene
PPE polyphenylene ether
PPO polyphenylene oxide
PPS polyphenylene sulphide
PPSS polyphenylene sulphide sulphone
PS polystyrene
PSU polysulphone
PTFE polytetrafluoroethylene
PTMT polytetramethylene terephthalate = PBT
PUR polyurethane
PVA polyvinyl acetate
PVB polyvinyl butytral (butyrate)
PVC polyvinyl chloride
PVCC chlorinated polyvinyl chloride
PVCP polyvinyl chloride plasticised
PVCU polyvinyl chloride unplasticised
PVDC polyvinylidene chloride
PVDF polyvinylidene flouride
PVF polyvinylflouride
PVOH polyvinyl alcohol
SAN styrene acrylonitrile (copolymer)
SBR styrene butadiene rubber
SBS styrene-butadiene-styrene (block copolymer)
SEBS styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene
SIS styrene-isoprene-styrene
SMA styrene maleic anhydride
SMC sheet moulding compond
SRP self reinforcing polymer = LCP
TPE thermoplastic elastomer
TPO thermoplastic olefin (rubber)
TPR thermoplatic rubber
TPS toughened polystyrene = HIPS
TPU thermoplastic polyurethane (rubber) = TPUR
TPUR thermoplastic polyurethane (rubber) = TPU
TPX* polymethyl pentene copolymer
UF urea formaldehyde
UHMWPE ultra high molecular weight
VC vinyl chloride = VCM
XLPE cross-linked polyethylene

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